COEUR D'ALENE-- A stabbing Monday night along Highway 95 and Wilbur Avenue revealed an ongoing challenge for police in Coeur d’Alene; transient camps.
One particular transient camp has created a reputation among neighbors who drive and work by a shopping center near Canfield Avenue.
One transient camp behind the Coeur d’Alene Target is well known in the area. It is one of many that serves as a home for the more than 400 people considered homeless in the region. That number is on a 3 year decline thanks to services provided by places like Saint Vincent De Paul.
Staff at the help center says its 5% of the homeless community that creates a negative image for the majority of homeless living in North Idaho. Executive Director Jeff Conroy says many are veterans, working, have kids or master's degrees but just don't have a home. "They pass us on the street but you would never know, they look normal. Bad things happen to wonderful people."
The suspect in Monday's stabbing came to this help center but staff says they don't know what services he received. They say he is one of a few they meet who make poor choices and find themselves in trouble with the law.
We were unable to get in touch with the owner of that land to see if they're aware of the transient camp inside.